Implementing Team Nursing in a rural setting- An Australian experience

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Aim- The aim of this study was to explore job satisfaction and stress outcomes of nursing staff when introducing team nursing as model of care within the healthcare environment. Background- With increasing demands to provide a cost efficient nursing service, changes to nursing skill mix are being implemented globally. Team nursing as a model of care is seen as a way to address both patient care and safety issues.
Method-Nursing staff (n = 63) were surveyed, using the Person Centred Nursing Index (PCNI) tool, prior to the implementation of a team nursing model of care and then again six months post implementation of the model (n= 64). Data was analysed to determine if there was a statistically significant difference in the average theme between pre and post surveys. Results - Nursing stress was reduced and job satisfaction was increased post implementation of the new model of care. Job satisfaction and organisational traits, job satisfaction and work stress, were positively related and increased post implementation. Work stress and nursing care, organisational traits and nursing care were positively related but showed no statistically significant change after the implementation. This study demonstrated that in introducing a new model of care, levels of stress staff increased yet unexpectedly job satisfaction also improved.
Implications for rural health and/or rural nursing practice - Decisions to adopt team nursing as the model of care should be based on a broad range of considerations not simply on fiscal considerations and should include staff readiness, staff mix and supportive measures to introduce a changed model of care.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016


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